Inspectors’ verdict on Ayr Hospital
Cleaning standards at Ayr Hospital are generally good and there is good communication between staff on infection control issues.
These were among the findings of the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate's report into Ayr Hospital which was published today.
The report also noted that patients with infections were being appropriately cared for in dedicated isolation facilities and results of infection audits were clearly displayed.
However, the inspectors also called for further improvements, including:
- Written risk assessments for patients being cared for in isolation
- Keeping the infection control manual and healthcare associated infection policies up to date
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:
"I set up the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate to drive up standards across the NHS in Scotland to ensure patients can have complete confidence in the cleanliness of hospitals and the quality and safety of services.
"Today's report highlights that a lot of good work is going on at Ayr Hospital but there is room for improvement.
"An action plan has already been put in place and the inspectorate will monitor this to ensure the required progress is being made."
The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate operates independently of the Scottish Government and the NHS boards it inspects. It carries out both planned and unannounced inspections of hospitals. For administrative purposes, it is based within NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.
The unannounced inspection at Ayr Hospital was carried out on November 3.